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Get your Resume out of the 'No' Pile

5 Resume Tips for Getting an Interview

Don’t want your résumé ending up in the ‘no’ pile?  Follow these 5 tips to improve your odds of landing an interview:

1. Format your résumé in an easy to follow layout. Start with a summary of your skills/work history.  Follow it with a list of your technical skills and then go into describing your work history in detail. Your goal is for your most relevant qualifications to be easy to find and jump out at the hiring manager or recruiter looking at your résumé.

2. Detail your relevant work experience and accomplishments. Use your bullet points to demonstrate how you used your technical skills on a project. Don’t misrepresent your work history by listing skills you don’t have or team accomplishments in which you did not play an active part.

3. Tailor your résumé for every job you want to get. Yes, this takes time. But you want a job, right? Highlight your most relevant skills and experience catering your résumé to the job you want without misrepresenting your technical skill.

4. Match the length of your résumé to your experience. It’s a myth that you need to keep your résumé to one page. Résumés for IT professionals with several years of experience, should usually be 2-3 pages long. To keep it to this length, summarize your last 2-3 years in detail. Then, unless your accomplishments from an older job are directly related to the job you are applying for, only list your job title, the company you worked for, and the technical environment. You don’t want to be eliminated from consideration simply because your résumé is 8 pages long.  Keep it down to the appropriate length for your relevant experience.

5. A résumé with spelling, grammar, punctuation, or capitalization errors should never get into the hands of a recruiter, HR person, or hiring manager.  Have someone proof your résumé for you after you’ve run spell check on it. Not sure what we mean?  Here are a few specific things to keep in mind:
  • Don’t use informal language, symbols (&) or ‘etc.’ (IT acronyms are OK.)
  • Use present tense for your current role and use past tense for everything else.
  • Don’t capitalize words that shouldn’t be capitalized. Note: spellcheck probably won’t catch this.
  • Absolutely no spelling mistakes.
  • Use consistent punctuation. Either always include the period at the end of the bullet point, or never do.

There’s never a guarantee when you send out a résumé that someone is going to take the time to look through it and see what a great fit you are for the job. But you optimize your chances when you submit a résumé that is easy to follow, tailored to the job you want, and free of errors. Take the extra time to get it right. It might just get you the job.

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Jeremiah Program

Empowering struggling mothers committed to self-improvement
This summer ESP staff cooked and served a meal at Jeremiah Program, a local organization whose mission is to transform families from poverty to prosperity. Proud, determined, and hardworking, the women of Jeremiah Program are driven to create a brighter future for their children, but have lacked the support necessary to change their lives. 

Women in the program must be enrolled in a post-secondary or training program, and have children under the age of five. ESP participated in Cook for Kids, a meal served on evenings when the mothers have life skills education. 

Our homemade pizzas were a huge hit, and we had a lot of fun preparing and serving a meal for these inspiring women and their children. 

Cook for Kids is a great opportunity to give back with your team or family. It is a small time commitment of a few hours, it is fun, and it is so much appreciated by the women at Jeremiah Program. Fill out a volunteer form or visit to learn more about how you can get involved!

Consultant Appreciation
On a Fantastic Summer Evening
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October 18, 2011
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